For information and guidelines about Team Racing formats please refer to the Team Racing page.
Race Management Standards
The Optimist Class has been growing steadily for many years now. With such growth the need for all competitors to sail not only fair competitions but also on equal terms in every place of the world has become imperative. As in the majority of sailing events worldwide, this equality of terms has been achieved by ďstandardisationĒ.
It is with this objective in mind that IODA has begun setting forth policies to make sure that the Classí events follow certain standards:
To achieve the first two goals, the IODA Regatta Committee prepares the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions, both of which are then completed by the organisers with local information. This method allows for consistency across all IODA events and ensures that the races follow the same standard.
To make sure that decisions taken on protests, race management procedures or Class Rules enforcement follow the same criteria in all events, the IODA Executive Committee appoints:
The IODA Course Representative and IODA Measurer shall be accepted by the organisers. They shall have full access to the relevant areas and shall be able to work in close proximity with the local people under their charge.
The following rules summarise the main aspects of Race Management. For a more comprehensive guide please refer to the Race Management Manual (to be published). Click here to download the Policy in PDF format.
IODA Principal Race Officer
For the IODA Worlds and Continentals, the IODA nominee performing as IODA Principal Race Officer will work closely with the race officers appointed by the Organising Committee.
The Race Officers will be responsible for managing the race management team and organising the races.
The Race Officer will not take action in relation to any of the following matters (whether or not altered by the sailing instructions) without the approval of the IODA Principal Race Officer:
The IODA Principal Race Officer may initiate action in relation to these matters, in which case the Race Officer will be governed by the IODA Course Representativeís decision. The IODA Principal Race Officer may also initiate action if he believes that the racing is not conducted according to the rules, or for any reason directly affecting the safety or fairness of the competition.
For documentation related to Team Racing (grids, sailing instructions), please go to Team Racing
IODA events have their own special format, not found in regattas of other classes, of which thhe main characteristics are:
To score series with the characteristics described above the software must include certain features that allow the configuration of the correct scenario.
There are a number of scoring programs in the market that comply with the requisites for IODA regattas, however, if organisers of an IODA event do not have a software of their choice (of which they shall have a sound knowledge) we recommend the use of Sailwave or St Pete. The reason for this recommendation is that the IODA Secretariat can provide help in case organisers find themselves in trouble during an event.
We also provide our own set of instructions to set up an IODA regatta from scratch in both programs
The current members of the Regatta Committee are (click on name to go to the ISAF official biography):
Chairman: RICARDO NAVARRO IRO (BRA)
Useful links to ISAF pages
No longer required for fleet races.
We would like to inform our members that the Regatta Committee of the IODA have changed the Class policy regarding the requirement to display the red flag when protesting in fleet races. The sailing instruction which deleted rule 61.1(a)(2) will no longer be used so that a red flag is no longer required to make a valid protest. However, the need to inform the race committee at the finish of an intention to protest and the sail number of the protested boat, remains.
The standard Notices of Race and Sailing Instructions from 2012 onwards will amend rule 61.1 as follows:
Add to rule 61.1(a) "The protesting boat shall inform the Race Committee of the boat/s being protested at the finishing line immediately after finishing."
In team races the display of the red flag remains unchanged and complies with the ISAF RRS Appendix D.
IODA members and organisers may apply this new approach in their local events but there is no obligation to adopt this policy.
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IODA STANDARD PROCEDURES
Requirement for the on water judges to blow a whistle deleted from sailing instructions.
The IODA Executive Committee at their Mid Year Meeting last August decided to delete from the IODA standard sailing instructions, the requirement for the on water judges to blow a whistle when they saw an infringement of a Part 2 rule. This procedure had been included in our standard Sailing Instructions in paragraph 16.4 for a couple of years:
SI 16.4 In addition to taking action in accordance with Appendix P, if a member of the jury sees a boat breaking a rule they may make a sound signal but her sail number will not be hailed. If the appropriate penalty is not taken the jury may protest one or more boats.
This policy change will be implemented at the 2011 IODA World Championships in New Zealand.
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